100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: Over Under Sideways Down- The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds were inspired by Bill Haley and His Comets classic ‘Rock Around The Clock’ in coming up with Over Under Sideways Down. After a show the band heard the song and guitarist Jeff Beck started playing the songs bassline- and the rest of the band joined in and they soon had an arrangement. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #23 in their 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time list. This would be the next to last Yardbirds hit in the US- and their final UK hit. Drummer Jim McCarty claimed that “Over under sideways down, That’s the best way I have found” was changed to “Over under sideways down, Backwards forwards square and round”, because BBC censors might have objected to the vaguely suggestive line.
- Single: Over Under Sideways Down- The Yardbirds
- Record Company- Epic
- Genre: Psychedelic Rock
- Written by Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Jeff Beck, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith
- Time: 2:37
- B-side: Jeff’s Boogie’
- Album- Roger The Engineer
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #13 in US Billboard Hot 100, #10 in UK Singles Chart.
I liked all versions of the band… They had some great singles.
Happy Thanksgiving Hans.
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This is a fun listen!
What a cool song.